The French Bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog, as its name implies originating in France. It is the result of a cross between English Bulldogs imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France, in the 1800s.
Training and Care
French bulldogs require regular grooming and bathing and should have their nails trimmed and their ears cleaned often. They will benefit from early socialization and will be best trained with positive reinforcement and consistent rules. They do have a tendency to bark more often than other breeds of their size, and training them to respond to commands quickly can help with this.
Diet and Nutrition
The French bulldog can be quite prone to gaining weight, so it's important to feed them appropriate portions and avoid over-treating. French bulldogs should eat a diet that is mostly made up of high-quality dry kibble and should be supplemented with occasional meat-based treats.
French bulldogs, like many breeds, can suffer from various health issues including: hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, luxating patellas, heart murmurs, and brachycephalic syndrome (a breathing disorder caused by a short muzzle).
The French Bulldog was developed in the late 19th century as a result of a cross between the English Bulldog and a local French dog, the rat-catcher. The breed was introduced to England in the 1880s and became popular in France in the late 19th century and early 20th century when Parisians began to keep them as companion dogs.
Where to Buy or Adopt
A French Bulldog puppy can cost anywhere from ~$1,500 to $3,000 USD, although adoption can be a significantly cheaper option. In the US, French Bulldogs can be found through breeders or through shelters and rescue groups.